A Hard Conversation about Toxic Inequality

Date: June 15, 2017

CitySquare is partnering with the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance and the Dallas Public Library to host a Hard Conversation about inequality on June 28, 2017 from noon to 1 p.m at the Erik Jonsson Central Library.

Randy Mayeux will present a summary of the book Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future by Thomas M. Shapiro.

Shapiro makes the case that poverty is largely determined by the lottery of birth, rather than a lack of personal responsibility or laziness. He points to inherited wealth, education, employment conditions, tax laws and other conditions as separating those who get ahead from those who fall behind.

Though the conditions that cause poverty may be beyond an individual’s control, the pervasive toxic inequality in our society is not, according to Shapiro, inevitable. He proposes policies that address the need for increased home ownership, access to health insurance, tax reform and more.

If you’re interested in joining the discussion, click here to reserve your seat today.